Belton police credit public’s help for arrest of metro murder suspect

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BELTON, Mo. — Police and U.S. Marshals arrested a murder suspect Friday morning, after days on the run.

Charles Baldwin, Jr, 38, was arrested in Grain Valley. Officers credited public cooperation which helped authorities find Baldwin.

Prosecutors charged Charles Baldwin, Jr. with second degree murder in the death of Christopher Bell

The U.S. Marshals fugitive task force confirmed it spent several days working with police to conduct surveillance and follow up on tips. Marshals said they searched multiple counties in the metro. They tracked a vehicle Baldwin was driving to a Grain Valley parking lot Thursday night. Police arrested him a short time later.

“This is yet another example of outstanding collaboration amongst our task force agencies and surrounding community police and sheriffs’ departments,” U.S. Marshal Mark James said. “Working together, no fugitive can escape justice.”      

Prosecutors charged Baldwin with second-degree murder in the death of Christopher Bell. Police found Bell’s body in a parking lot of a Belton apartment complex last week. They were called to the scene at East 125th Street and Spring Valley Road around 12:30 a.m., Feb. 12.

Police haven’t said what led to the shooting.

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